June 14, 2021
As Numerous as the Stars
by Cherrilynn Bisbano
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:4 NASB
While living in Honduras to help a missionary doctor, the town lost power. We prepared for many nights of darkness.
I looked to the heavens, holding my flashlight. as I walked the dusty street to Bible study. The stars pierced the sky and I was reminded of God's covenant with Abraham. "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars."
I prayed, “Lord, use me to add to those descendants while I’m here in Honduras.”
As we studied John chapter eight by candlelight, we took turns reading verses. I loved hearing Scripture read in Spanish. Some ladies learning English read their verse in English with some help from me. What joy to share in God’s Word in any language, especially by candlelight. A few ladies did not know the Lord, but came because it was something to do in the quiet little mountain village. They just listened.
My turn came and I read John 8:12 from my ESV Bible. “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
As I declared the second "light," all the lights suddenly came on. We looked at each other shocked, smiled, then jumped and cried “Gloria a Dios.”
We cried happy tears at God’s faithfulness and clear sign He was with us.
Rosa remained sitting, her mouth wider than her eyes. I had been told Rosa lived a life of gossiping, sexual immorality, and bitterness. She looked at me and said, “We never get power that quickly. I want your Jesus.”
That night, Rosa accepted Jesus’ free gift of eternal life and went home to tell her family. She had been rescued from the domain of darkness to the Kingdom of Light (Colossians 1: 13).
Rosa reconciled with her husband, and the family attends church and Bible study on a regular basis.
A few months later, I said my goodbyes with tear-filled eyes, knowing, God continues to fulfill his promise to Abraham by shedding the light of the Gospel in the darkest hearts and tiniest places.
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About the author: Cherrilynn Bisbano is an award-winning writer and speaker. As a certified Christian Life Coach Minister, and Ordained Minister, she aims to share the love of Christ wherever God leads. Cherrilynn is a speaker with Women Speakers. She contributes to the Blue Ridge Writers blog, is published in four compilations books, and her book Shine Don’t Whine released in 2020. Cherrilynn served in the military for twenty years, earning the John Levitow Military leadership award. She lives with her 19-year-old son Michael, Jr., and her husband of 22 years, Michael. She fondly calls them her M&M’s.
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